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December 18, 2003
No Joke: Fraters Libertas Sponsoring Worthy Charity

The Northern Alliance likes to have a lot of fun, teasing each other and writing really bad and insulting poetry -- oh, wait, that's just me -- but the Elder has a serious project for us this Christmas:

Last year a coworker and I organized a drive at work to collect toys and winter clothes (Chihuahua is in the Sierra Madres) for an orphanage just outside the city. We were able to collect four very large boxes of goods which were eventually shipped to the orphanage. But it was a logistical nightmare.

This year we contacted the orphanage and asked what their most pressing needs were. Basic medical supplies were among the items high on the list. In order to make the process easier, more efficient, and most importantly get the supplies to the orphanage in the shortest amount of time, we decided to raise money here at our two plants in the Twin Cities. In mid-February my coworker and I will travel to Chihuahua, meet with someone from the orphanage, and then go with them to buy the vital supplies that they need (mostly common over the counter type medications, band aids, etc.). This way the money that is raised goes right to the source of the need. No overhead. No expenses.

Read the whole post. The Elder has set up a PayPal account for readers to send donations. Let's try to help the kids have a better Christmas in Chihuahua this year. Click early and click often. But try not to see the dark side of this endeavor:

Yes, we are creating a legion of young Vikings fans in Mexico.

Noooo ... Elder, Christmas is supposed to be a hopeful season!

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at December 18, 2003 7:46 PM

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